Veteran CPM leader V S Achuthanandan has launched a veiled attack on the state leadership of his party by hinting that it had tried to prevent the party from coming to power in the last Assembly elections.
“The party could have continued in power if it really wanted to do so,” he told a local TV channel.
“The selection of candidates to many seats was done indiscriminately. any who had no chance were made candidates and this led to loss of seats, including Thrissur. Some might have thought that it could keep VS away from power,” the nonagenarian said.
The Opposition Leader also fired a salvo against CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan that the CAG report on the Lavalin graft case had not been corrected so far.
“On the basis of the CAG report on the SNC-Lavalin contract to modernise three hydro-electric projects, I believe that irregularities did take place and still believe in it as the report has not been corrected so far,” he said. On the report of the CPM politburo commission (PBC), which looked into organisational issues in the state unit, he said he was not anxious about the PBC’s conclusions.
“I have presented my arguments before the Commission and am not worried about the outcome of the report,” he said.
He said that he was not worried about whether he would be removed from the post of Opposition Leader or not.
“I will react on the matter as per my conscience,” he said.